10 June 2020

An anniversary and an au revoir

Posted by Admin

One of our rare 'admin' posts today to say, firstly, hey it's our birthday! Seven years since I started getting super-nerdy about new elements. Some 630 posts later (177 since our sixth birthday - that's a new post every other day on average), things have changed a bit! We are among the first Recognised LEGO Fan Media and now have a team of amazing writers and builders from around the world who create quality original content for you in their spare time, and of course we also have the brilliant models you all make for our contests and parts festivals, to inspire and educate the community.

Our various @newelementary social media channels continue to grow (22,000 on Instagram!... crazy) and increasingly are developing their own identities, sometimes their own original content too. And then of course we have 54 awesome people who support us on Patreon out of the goodness of their hearts, including our $12/month tier 'Vibrant Coral' patrons: Iain Adams, Sue Ann Barber & Trevor Clark, Kevin Gascoigne, David & Breda Fennell, Huw Millington, Beyond the Brick, Gerald Lasser, Neil Crosby, Antonio Serra, Big B Bricks, Dave Schefcik, London AFOLs, Geppy and Chris Cook. Thanks to them and all our magnificent patrons, everyone can enjoy New Elementary! So – thank YOU for reading. Because that is ultimately what we do it for.

It's not all sunshine and happiness as we enter our eighth year though as we are very sorry to announce that Elspeth De Montes is stepping down, to focus on her gorgeous family. I don't usually announce it when people leave us – even when it was as super-exciting as Sven Franic and Chris McVeigh getting jobs as LEGO designers! – but this moment must be marked. Elspeth has been an absolute rock and made such a massive impact on the site. She really lifted my spirits at a time when I may well have given up on it altogether and the fresh energy and clever ideas she brought has transformed the site. As much as I'll miss her here, I'm glad to say she's leaving for the very best of reasons. We still have some posts that she has written (or organised) to publish, plus she will still be around on her own awesome Instagram!

When lockdown began we posted a few links to New E articles from our archive to entertain you, so what better way to celebrate Elspeth, and the eighth year of New E, than to share eight of her greatest articles?

And now, if you'll excuse her, Elspeth is off for some well-earned dark azure immersion. Bye honey.

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  1. Best of luck to Elspeth in all of her future endeavours!

  2. Hi Elspeth, as a family man I know how important (and fun!) it is to spend time with your family. I wish you all the best!

    I enjoyed your articles a lot so I'm also sad to see you go. Looking forward to the last few publishing soon.

  3. Ah, we'll miss you Elspeth!

  4. Thank you, Elspeth, for all you've done!

  5. Thank you Elspeth. Your articles always contained something very clever and I will miss them.
    Hopefully, you re not giving up on the hobby and we ll still some colour collections from you.